Fresh Water Withdrawal
Fresh water withdrawal is the quantity of water removed from available sources for use in any purpose, excluding evaporation losses. Water drawn off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream.
According to the CIA World Factbook, India ranked #1 in fresh water withdrawal, at 645.84 km3 in the year 2000. In an updated study by Food & Agricultural Association of the United Nations (FAO), it is estimated that India had 761 km3 of fresh water withdrawal.
This year, for #36daysoftype, we at Reach have talked about lesser known social issues for A-Z. For the numbers, we thought it would be interesting to have each number correspond to where India stands in the world with respect to a particular index, and what’s more, how that number was arrived at.
For the number series, we want to shine a light on the research bodies who bring us this valuable data, that help us apply much needed context to ourselves and our shared world. These entities work hard to scour through heaps of data, corroborate with and consolidate various studies, use innumerable tools and sampling methods, and most of all, exercise the rigour required to present this information in a consumable way, available for scrutiny, peer-review, and in an ideal world — positive changes in policy and the way we behave as a society.
Let us know what you think! If you want to point out any errors, please tell us where it’s wrong, and how it’s wrong, and we’d be happy to change our position!